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Dr Dirk Backes

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  • PhD, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Research assistant, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
  • Postdoc, New York University, USA
  • Postdoc, University of Cambridge
  • Topological Insulators – p-n junctions, TI nanowires, electrical and optical excitation of spin-polarized currents
  • 2D transport -  GaAs/AlGaAs-based 2-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs), Anderson localization, scaling behaviour
  • Nanomagnetism – Spin-torque nano oscillators (STNO), magnetic random access memory (MRAM)

My current research interest is in topological insulators. For the future, l would like to harvest the unique properties of topological transport for spintronic applications and to demonstrate functional hybrid topological insulator/spintronic devices.